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Dr. Ilka Vosteen

Research interests

  • Behavioural and chemical ecology of insects
  • Odour-guided foraging of insects
  • Herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPCs)
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Biological pest control


Vosteen I, van den Meiracker N and Poelman EH (2020) | 17.06.20
Gone with the wind: low availability of volatile information limits foraging efficiency in downwind-flying parasitoids. Animal Behaviour 165, pp. 59-70.   DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2020.04.025... [+]

Vosteen I, van den Meiracker N and Poelman EH (2019) | 04.10.19
Getting confused: learning reduces parasitoid foraging efficiency in some environments with non-host infested plants. Oecologia 189: pp. 919-930.   doi: 10.1007/s00442-019-04384-2... [+]

Aartsma Y, Cusumano A, Fernández de Bobadilla M, Rusman Q, Vosteen I and Poelman EH* (2019) | 04.10.19
Understanding insect foraging in complex habitats by comparing trophic levels: insights from specialist host-parasitoid-hyperparasitoid systems. Invited Review in Current Opinion in Insect Science 32: pp. 54-60.   doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2018.11.001   *all authors contributed equally to this publication.... [+]

Vosteen I, Gershenzon J and Kunert G (2018) | 04.10.18
Dealing with food shortage: larval dispersal behaviour and survival on non-prey food of the hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus. Ecological Entomology 43: pp. 578-590.   doi: 10.1111/een.12636... [+]

Vosteen I, Gershenzon J and Kunert G (2016a) | 04.10.16
Hoverfly preference for high honeydew amounts creates enemy-free space for aphids colonizing novel host. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: pp. 1286-1297.   doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12564... [+]

Vosteen I, Gershenzon J and Kunert G (2016b) | 04.10.16
Enemy-free space promotes maintenance of host races in an aphid species. Highlighted Student Paper in Oecologia 181: pp. 659-672.   doi: 10.1007/s00442-015-3469-1... [+]

Vosteen I, Weisser WW and Kunert G (2016) | 04.10.16
Is there any evidence that aphid alarm pheromones work as prey and host finding kairomones for natural enemies? Invited Review in Ecological Entomology 41: pp. 1-12.   doi: 10.1111/een.12271... [+]

Joachim C, Vosteen I and Weisser WW (2015) | 04.10.15
The aphid alarm pheromone (E)-beta-farnesene does not act as a cue for predators searching on a plant. Chemoecology 25: pp. 115-130.   doi: 10.1007/s00049-014-0176-z... [+]

Curriculum vitae

Since 2019 Research associate at the Section of Agricultural Entomology, Department for Crop Sciences, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
2016 - 2019 Postdoc project at the Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University Parasitoid host location: using volatiles on different spatial scales and in context of distorting elements
2018 - 2019 Postdoc project at the Department of Chemical Ecology, Bielefeld University Odor-guided foraging of predatory insects and parasitoids
2015 - 2016 Postdoc project at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena Effect of previous feeding experience on aphid feeding behavior on different host plants
2011 - 2015 PhD thesis at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena Searching behavior of aphid natural enemies and its implications for host-race maintenance in the pea aphid complex (supervisors: Grit Kunert & Jonathan Gershenzon)
2004 - 2010 Studies of Biology at the University of Bremen Diploma thesis at the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland Induced feeding defenses of macroalgae: Interspecific communication and seasonality (supervisor: Markus Molis)


Dr. Ilka Vosteen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Georg-August-University Goettingen
Department for Crop Sciences
Agricultural Entomology

Grisebachstrasse 6
D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
Phone:   +49 (0)551 -39 33733
Fax:         +49 (0)551 -39 12105